South Carolina gained 1,008 solar industry jobs in 2016, representing a 57 percent increase in the state’s solar workforce, according to the new National Solar Jobs Census 2016 released by The Solar Foundation.
South Carolina now has 2,772 solar workers, up from 1,764 in 2015.
The National Solar Jobs Census 2016 is The Solar Foundation’s seventh annual report on the solar workforce nationwide and by state. The report found the American solar workforce grew at a historic pace in 2016, in a year when one of every 50 new U.S. jobs was in the solar industry.
The state with the highest total number of solar jobs in 2016 was California, followed by Massachusetts, Texas, Nevada, and Florida.